I had a plastic station house base that had simulated wood walkways, so once The Missus confirmed that I had paints on-hand that were "close enough" to what Brett used (being a little colorblind, I often rely on her eyes), I decided to give this technique a try.
I'm glad I did - it took some time, but the technique was quick to learn and, best of all, the walkways looked like weathered wood when I was done.
You can follow along in the photos:
|The next color was drybrushed "Khaki". At this point, with a lighter color, the walkways started to look a bit more like wood.|
|The next color - again, drybrushed - was "Territorial Beige"|
|Then I drybrushed "Elephant Gray" (the grays really started making the wood look weathered)|
|Finally, I applied "Country Gray" - again with the drybrush.|
|And here's the final result! Whattaya think?|
And, speaking of videos, if you want to see how Brett did it - as well as the different colors he used, but sure to click here to check out his video. And if you do, tell him The Valley Local blog sent you :^)
I hope you'll try out this technique and that it works as well for you as it did for me. I look forward to using it on a bunch of Central Valley wood fences I have to do (which, in fact, was what Brett used in his video).
I also used this technique to make the wood in a barn craftsman kit look like old weathered wood. But since it was my first time doing it, I'd forgotten to use the blow dryer between colors and ended up blending a few. It still came out ok (I'll post the build soon), but I won't make that mistake again.
So that's your Tuesday Tip! If you do try this out and find it helpful, I hope you'll let us know in the comments.
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Just for reference, here are the paints that Brett Wiley used in his video:
- Americana Bittersweet Chocolate
- Folk Art Honeycomb 942
- Folk Art Steel Gray 2561E
- Craftsmart Dark Taupe
- Craftsmart Light Taupe
- Folk Art Boulder 4624
He also used a #5 round course brush